The National Archives
Power, Politics & Protest
> Source 1
An account of machine-breaking at Linthwaite, Yorkshire, March 1812
(Catalogue ref: HO 40/1/1, part 2, f.6)
This is evidence given by a servant called John Sykes to the local Justice of the Peace. What happened in the event he describes?
Why do you think the intruders destroyed machinery?
Was this an act of vandalism or of self-defence?